Brancott Estate sees wine differently, unlocking a world of opportunity in a region considered too cold for grapes.
Since planting the first Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in 1975, Brancott Estate has continued craft striking wines to suit every occasion, including naturally lower alcohol, sparkling, organic, oak-infused and age-worthy expressions of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. In addition they have led the revival of Sauvignon Gris, an almost extinct varietal now enjoying a global resurgence.
This relentless desire to capture the bright, fresh flavour of Marlborough has seen Brancott Estate wines enjoyed in more than 50 countries around the world.
The New Zealand falcon (Karearea) is rarer than a kiwi and is New Zealand’s most endangered bird of prey. These natural predators are an excellent resource in the vineyard, deterring other birds from damaging grape crops. Since 2010, Brancott Estate has supported the Marlborough Falcon Trust’s efforts to restore that Karearea population in Marlborough by donating $1 from the sale of every bottle of Brancott Estate Living Land, our organic wine range. At the end of 2013, we had donated around $300,000 to the Trust. In addition to providing financial support, Brancott Estate has also provided the Marlborough Falcon Trust… Continue reading →
When Brancott Estate set about designing its Heritage Centre in 2011, it did so with environmental sustainability firmly in mind. Designed to integrate seamlessly into the existing natural landscape and showcase Brancott Vineyard, the Brancott Estate Heritage Centre uses locally quarried rock on the roof (90m3) which blends the building into the landscape and reflects heat from the Marlborough summer sunshine. The commitment to energy-efficiency and environmental considerations are some of the reasons Brancott Estate Heritage Centre is the first Marlborough Cellar Door to earn Enviro Award Gold from Qualmark, the official quality assurance system for the New Zealand tourism… Continue reading →
The Kaituna wetland, on our Kaituna vineyard, near Renwick, is one of the largest remaining spring-fed wetlands in Marlborough. Covering 10 hectares, it is home to many native birds, including tuis and pukekos, as well as the endemic and threatened New Zealand long-finned eels. In 2001, our vineyard teams began regenerating the wetlands, initially developing the three main ponds and terraces, by clearing away non-native plants and replanting native wetland flora. We have also undertaken pest eradication to reduce the number of stoats and possums that threaten native birds. In 2008, we entered into a three-year partnership with Marlborough District… Continue reading →